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Machine Head, Children of Bodom, Epica + Battlecross Announce 2014 North American Tour

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Awesome tour announcement! A powerhouse bill has been put together for a month-long North American trek featuring Machine Head, Children of Bodom, Epica and Battlecross.

The lineup as been revealed by Machine Head on their Facebook page, along with 21 dates that will span North America beginning Oct. 4 in Denver, Colo.

Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn says, “Machine Head raised the bar with concert production for 2012‘s “Locust” tour, and now we plan to raise the bar again with our biggest US show yet, and the strongest line-up out there for 2014, PERIOD!! This is a MUST SEE event for any heavy metal fan in America! I am stoked that we were able to join up with our friends in Children of Bodom, one of the premier power metal bands of our time, and our friends in Battlecross, who we toured with on Mayhem last year, and are going to bring the old-school thrash vibe. Epica’s symphonic metal will add a touch of much needed class to the drunken shenanigans that will surely take place on this raucous tour. Come out and be a part of history ladies and gentlemen!!”

Children of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho adds, “We’ve rolled with Machine Head quite a few times in the past. My best memories are kick azz shows, parties, camaraderie and vocal coaching from Robb Flynn way back in 2008, so I think we’ll have a good time tearing it up all over North America! Not a bad way to end the long and non stop tour cycle for “ Halo of Blood ! “

Simone Simons of Epica also offers a quote promoting the must-see tour. “With this killer line-up, this tour is bound to be a great success. We will bring Epica to a whole new level and I can’t wait to play the new songs along with the old material overseas.” Epica guitarist, songwriter, and founding member Mark Jansen also shares, “Machine Head and Children of Bodom are bands I listened to as teenager, so it’s really amazing to be on this tour with Epica.”

Finally, Battlecross guitarist Tony Asta throws in his two cents. “What an honor to be asked to join a tour in support of Machine Head’s first album release on their new label! We’re really excited to reunite with Robb and the guys, as well as Children of Bodom – both legendary bands and friends from last summer’s Mayhem Fest. And we’ll get to see what Epica is all about. This is a tour with something for every metal head. We can’t wait to bring it brutal throughout the USA & Canada, banging heads and melting faces from coast-to-coast. See you in the pit!”

Check out the full list of dates below. All tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 1 at 10am EST.

Machine Head, Children of Bodom, Epica and Battlecross 2014 North American Tour:

10/04/14 – Denver, Colo. – Summit Music Hall
10/06/14 – Dallas, Texas – House of Blues
10/07/14 – Houston, Texas – House of Blues
10/09/14 – Orlando, Fla. – Hard Rock Live
10/10/14 – Atlanta, Ga. – Masquerade
10/11/14 – TBA
10/12/14 – Philadelphia, Pa. – Electric Factory
10/14/14 – Toronto, Ontario – The Sound Academy
10/15/14 – Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
10/16/14 – New York, N.Y. – Terminal 5
10/17/14 – Worcester, Mass. – Palladium
10/18/14 – Cleveland, Ohio – Agora Theater
10/20/14 – Chicago, Ill. – Concord Music Hall
10/21/14 – Milwaukee, Wis. – The Rave
10/22/14 – Minneapolis, Minn. – Skyway Theater
10/24/14 – Saskatoon, Seskatchewan – O’Brians
10/26/14 – Edmonton, Alberta – Shaw Conference Center
10/28/14 – Vancouver, British Columbia – The Vogue – Vancouver, B.C.
10/29/14 – Seattle, Wash. – Showbox SODO
10/31/14 – Oakland, Calif. – Fox Theater
11/01/14 – Hollywood, Calif. – Palladium

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